How we made a botched search for missing school girls, by parent


About 230 of out the estimated 270 abducted female students of the Government Girls Secondary School (GGSC) Chibok in Borno are still missing.

Mallam Shettima Haruna, one of the parents of the missing girls, who spoke on behalf of other parents, disclosed this on Monday in Chibok while receiving Gov. Kashim Shettima who was on an assessment visit to the area.

Haruna , who wept openly, said that only 39 of the abducted girls had so far regained their freedom.

“I want to say clearly on behalf of the parents that about 230 girls are still missing.”

“This is because only 39 girls have so far escaped to safety,” he said.

He disclosed that the parents had formed a search party after the abduction of the girls, with the aim of rescuing them.

“After the girls were abducted last Monday, we became disturbed as parents.”

“So we formed a search party on Thursday and stormed the Sambisa forest, based on information that our children were being held there,” Haruna said.

He said that the parents were conveyed on about 1500 motor cycles on the search in Sambisa forest.

“We rode on about 1500 motorcycles, each carrying between one and three persons.”

“We went to several places asking questions, but each time we were directed to new place, until we reached a particular place at the middle of the forest with only two houses,” Haruna said.

“As we kept searching, we met a Fulani man who gave us information that he saw our girls with the abductors ahead.”

“But our motorcycles began to develop problems due to the intensity of the search,” Haruna said.

He said that the team managed to move forward to a point where it met a lone man in the thick forest.

“The man actually told us that our children were not far from the place.”

“But he warned that the people (abductors) were well armed and kill at will, so we decided to save our lives and returned,” Haruna said.

He appealed to Shettima to prevail on security agents to help comb the area and rescue their children.

The governor condoled with the parents over the development, assuring that security agents were working hard to rescue the girls.